@PIERRE_YVES_FRANCE ANSWERS THE 10@10

Hello people.

It’s Thursday, football's not comin' home for another 4 years BUT we gave it a good go and everyone at clobber-calm HQ is immensely proud of our lads and what they've achieved in Russia!

Tonight's man '...Behind The Menswear', @pierre_yves_france, still has a keen interest in Sunday's game as his native France attempt to re-create their '98 success. Pierre also has a keen interest in everything denim, rugged & Red Wings too...there's something for everybody.

So sit back, relax, crack open a beer and enjoy the thoughts of Pierre (on clobber not footy) as @pierre_yves_france answers the @clobbercalm 10@10.

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MEET THE MAN BEHIND THE MENSWEAR

NAME: Pierre-Yves aka @pierre_yves_france
AGE: 50 years (OMG!)
LOCATION: Paris, France
OCCUPATION: Tonton & Fils brand Founder / Arts & Design

1. So Why Instagram?

First a curiosity! A friend of mine told me I could find some other guys sharing the same passion for Red Wing shoes. I’m not the kind of man who shows privacy on Instagram but this social network is a very cool tool to meet folks and purchase new treasures. Don’t forget I’m a collector!

2. Why Denim, Boots, Workwear, Ruggedness?

Let’s say it’s a way of life, some people like watches, some people like stamps, some people like candy crush , I’m just a true collector of Red Wing boots and other vintage items! If I can ride my vintage motorcycles wearing those stuff, I’m the happiest man!

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3. What are your thoughts on the rise in popularity of “Instafashion” and the community it is creating? 

Well, till it doesn’t become an addiction, I think it’s interesting. It’s a new vision of communication. Personally, I do not follow fashion or trends. I have my own style, some folks wear stuff I really like and share pictures on Instagram. Even if I’m a lone wolf sometimes, that’s true that I also became a member of this huge community and met people who became really good friends on this social network. As a wolf, when my phone is off, I go back to my forest..!

4. Top 3 brands to shop and why?

Red Wing, Levi’s Vintage Clothing, vintage Schott leather jackets, Tonton et Fils.

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5. Where’s your favorite place to shop these brands?

I used to go to the Marais (Paris), there are few shops I like to visit, but one of my favorite is Royal cheese / Paris. I use the internet a lot to buy vintage denim or leather jackets.

6. When did you decide to voice and share your love for your threads on social media?

I guess it’s early 2016.

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7. What’s the secret behind your great images; Who takes them? When are they taken? How do you capture the magic your followers enjoy so much?

Is there a secret? I’m not so sure! I do my own picture mostly with my phone. Anytime! I’m more attracted by materials. I’d like people to feel the leather with me, or to touch it! I like wood and waxed cotton, I like leather and Red Wing boots, I like caps and knives. This is what I like to show first! At least, I’m trying to keep the same style. I’d like followers to see the product as I do! I like to create an atmosphere! So, no secret, just a green eye on great products!

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8. What feeds do you like to follow and check in on? Who should we check out?

I like all Red Wing feeds, espacially the US local store feeds. I like vintage collectors feeds and photographers feeds too.

@redwingheritage - @royalcheeseparis - @laurentnivalle - @tontonetfils - @redwingshoesgreeley

9. What tips would you give new starters on Instagram to help them get their feed off the ground, and successful?

Don’t look for success! Be yourself, say a real story, show good stuff! Forget about your pizza and hamburgers, don’t ask people to follow you. Be creative!

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10. And Lucky Last, You’re going to be stranded on a desert island and you can take 1 outfit (4 items) Only and 1 x drink with you. What would they be? Who made them? And Why?

Definitely a 1944 Levi’s Vintage (don’t ask why, that’s the one, just in love with it’s vintage style!), a white tee-shirt, a knife (@couteauxbasque, this is a must have, what man would be without a knife?!) and of course my 10877 Red Wing Moctoe (Rough and tough, strong, stylish...you never know, I could meet a mermaid!) and of course a Corona beer...I could meet an other mermaid!!! And if I can cheat a little, I definitely would take a DEUS trucker cap...I love their caps!

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Nice one Pierre! We'll allow you to cheat taking a cap as we don't want you getting sunburnt for those mermaids 😉 Thanks for taking the time my friend, it's a great write-up and you rock those Red Wings hard man. Even so, that Red Wing featured Pierre recently on their feed HERE.

If anybody reading fancies taking a shot at the 10@10 then just fire me over an email at callum@clobbercalm.com. AND that's me out, take it easy guys and have a great weekend ✌️

Peace and love 
Cal @clobbercalm.cal